Earl Grant enters his fifth season as an assistant coach for the men's basketball program in 2014-15. Grant, a native of North Charleston, S.C., came to Clemson in 2010 after serving as an assistant coach for three seasons at Wichita State.
Grant has had a positive impact on the Tiger program both in recruiting and with player development. He works primarily with Clemson's point guards.
He recruited 2014 first-team All-ACC selection K.J. McDaniels to Clemson, where he ultimately ended up averaging 17 points per game as a junior and was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year before declaring early for the NBA Draft.
Several Tiger point guards have flourished under Grant's mentoring, including incumbent starter Rod Hall. After recruiting the Augusta, Ga., native to Clemson, he has seen him develop into one of the leaders of the program.
This past season, Hall was second on the team in scoring average and ranked among the ACC's top 10 in both assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio.
In 2010-11, Grant worked with Demontez Stitt, who was named third-team All-ACC and was a member of the All-ACC Tournament Team as well. That same season, Grant helped Andre Young to an ACC-leading 2.55 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Young went on to lead the conference in steals per game as a senior in 2011-12, earning All-ACC Defensive Team honors. He also led the Tigers in scoring under Grant's direction.
Clemson has put together strong team results with Grant in the fold as well. In 2013-14, the Tigers went 23-13 overall and recorded a 10-win improvement from the previous season. Clemson advanced to the NIT semifinals and was 10-8 during the ACC regular season.
In Grant's first season, 2010-11, Clemson put together a 22-12 overall record, 9-7 in the ACC. The Tigers earned the No. 4 seed for the ACC Tournament and advanced to the semifinals of that event in Greensboro. Clemson also went to a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament and won its first-round game in Dayton, Ohio, over UAB, 70-52.
Clemson has been strong defensively in four seasons with Grant part of its coaching staff. In 2010-11, the Tigers were 24th nationally in scoring defense. In 2011-12, Clemson yielded just 60.6 points per game to the opposition, the second-best figure among ACC schools. In 2012-13, the Tigers dropped their average even further to 60.1 points per game. That figure dropped to an ACC era best at Clemson - 58.4 points per game - in 2013-14. Also last season, the Tiger perimeter defense was No. 1 nationally defending the three-pointer (.286).
Grant has personally signed 10 of Clemson's 15 players recruited by Brownell's staff since it has been in place. He was Clemson's lead recruiter for players such as Austin Ajukwa, Jaron Blossomgame, Gabe DeVoe, Ibrahim Djambo, Sidy Djitte, Hall, McDaniels and Patrick Rooks.
Grant spent six years working under Gregg Marshall, the last three (2007-10) at Wichita State.
With Grant on board, the Shockers made gradual improvement each season, culminating with a 25-10 overall record and 12-6 Missouri Valley Conference mark in 2009-10. The Shockers advanced to the championship game of the MVC Tournament and also earned a bid to the National Invitation Tournament.
In 2008-09, Wichita State made its first postseason appearance in three years.
In three seasons (2004-07) at Winthrop University, Grant helped the Eagles to three consecutive Big South championships and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
The 2006-07 campaign was a memorable one for Winthrop. With Grant's assistance, the Eagles claimed a 74-64 upset over No. 6 seed Notre Dame in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. It was Winthrop's first NCAA Tournament win in seven tries. Grant helped the Eagles to a 29-5 overall record and unblemished 14-0 mark in Big South play. Grant had a positive effect on the play of guard Torrell Martin, one of the Eagles' top players in the history of the program.
In 2005-06, Winthrop finished the season with a 23-8 overall record and came within two points of upsetting Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament. Grant's first season at Winthrop was 2004-05, when the Eagles were 27-6 overall.
Prior to joining Marshall's staff at Winthrop, Grant was an assistant coach at The Citadel from 2002-04.
Grant played two years at the Division II level at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Ga. He led the school to two appearances in the NCAA Tournament and to consecutive Peach Belt Conference championships (1999, 2000). In 2000, the Bobcats advanced to the Elite Eight of the Division II national tournament. He was a first-team All-Peach Belt selection in 2000.
Grant earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from Georgia College in 2000. He and his wife, Jacci, have three sons: Trey (7), Eyzaiah (6) and Elonzo (3).